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Diesel On A Dime: 4 Perfect Bodybuilding Recipes

Get ready for 4 perfect diesel recipes that won't break the bank! Please wipe the drool off your keyboard. It's time to shop, cook, and grow!

There's an inescapable mantra in the fitness industry: You gotta eat big to get big! That's easy to say, but what is an aspiring Mr. or Ms. Olympia with a limited budget to do?

Luckily, your growing muscles aren't doomed just because you're short on cash! You can still eat nutrient-dense, high-protein foods that fuel your hard-working body without breaking the bank. In fact, you can make all four delicious recipes with less than 20 bucks!

The total cost for all four recipes runs you less than the price of two Chipotle burritos, my friend. They certainly feed you more than two burritos do, as well, so break out your aprons and get ready to cook up some muscles!

1Mass-building No-powder Protein Smoothie
Total Cost: $1.00 per serving

Watch the Video - 3:45

Constantly replenishing your supply of protein powder can be a strain on your wallet, so here's a weight-gaining recipe that doesn't use protein powder. Instead you get quality sources of protein from liquid egg whites and Greek yogurt, which add the "yum" factor to your smoothie. If you want to add extra calories and sweetness, use a frozen banana instead of ice.


Any milk of your choice 1 cup

Rolled oats 1/2 cup

Banana 1 banana

Peanut butter 1 tablespoon

Powdered peanut butter 4 tablespoons

Cocoa powder 2 tablespoons

Liquid egg whites 9 tablespoons

Flaxseed meal 2 tablespoons

Fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt 5.3 ounces

Vanilla extract 1 teaspoon

Ice 1/2 cup

  1. Combine all ingredients into a blender. Blend them together.
  2. Drink. Brain freeze!
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 smoothie
Recipe yields: 1 smoothie
Amount per serving
Calories 732
Total Fat 20 g
Total Carbs 80 g
Protein 58 g

2Strawberry Banana No-powder Protein Smoothie
Total Cost: $0.80

Watch the video - 3:08

No powder, no problem! Just like the previous protein smoothie, you can use liquid egg whites and Greek yogurt for protein, and a broader spectrum of other nutrients, in this tasty recipe. While I chose to use vanilla-flavored yogurt, you can also use strawberry (or even strawberry banana, if you can find it) to enhance the fruit flavors used in this recipe.

If you don't have fresh strawberries and bananas on hand, frozen fruit works perfectly— you just may have to use less ice. Now rub your belly while patting your head and saying, "Mmm!"

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3S'mores Protein Cheesecake Total cost: $4.00
Cost per serving (4 Servings): $1.00

I heard you wanted s'more recipes (get it, get it?), so here's one for a cheesecake. I know what you're thinking: "You're killin' me, smalls!"

Watch the video - 5:23


Eggs 2 large eggs

Fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt 10.6 ounces

Fat-free cream cheese 12 ounces

Sweetener 1/4 cup

Vanilla extract 1 teaspoon

Lemon juice 2 teaspoons

Ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon

Miniature marshmallows 2/3 cup

Peanut butter 1 tablespoon

Light brown sugar 1 teaspoon

Semi-sweet chocolate 4 pieces

Low-fat honey graham crackers 2 full sheets

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (162 degrees C).
  2. Break up semi-sweet chocolate pieces into a large bowl. Add all ingredients except honey graham crackers.
  3. Mix everything together (using a hand mixer makes things a lot easier).
  4. Line a 6x2 round cake pan with some parchment paper, pour the mix in, and top with crushed honey graham crackers.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  6. Reduce temperature to 200 degrees F (93 degrees C) for another 50-60 minutes.
  7. Remove cheesecake and let it cool.
  8. Once cooled, wrap it up and put it into the fridge overnight (or a couple hours if you can't wait that long). Mouth-gasm!
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 serving
Recipe yields: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 344
Total Fat 8 g
Total Carbs 32 g
Protein 35 g

4Quick-n-Easy Turkey Chili
Total cost: $5.50
Cost per serving (10 Servings): $0.55

As they say, turkey chili is the meal of bodybuilding champs. Okay, so I might be the only one who says that, but this recipe is packed with so much muscle-fueling protein, workout-replenishing carbohydrates, and tummy-filling fiber that it'll certainly help with your goals and performance in the gym—all for the cost of a Starbucks Venti-sized caramel macchiato!

This chili recipe is mild in terms of heat. For an extra kick, add in Sriracha or some other hot sauce. For additional calories, top your chili with sour cream, cheese, bacon, or anything else you can think of!

Watch the video - 5:49


Olive oil 1-1/2 tablespoons

93/7 lean ground turkey (or beef) 1-1/3 lbs.

Water 2 cups

Red onion chopped 1/2 medium onion

Red bell pepper chopped 1 pepper

Minced garlic 1-1/2 teaspoons

Diced green chilis 6 tablespoons

Crushed tomatoes 28 ounces

Crushed red pepper 1 teaspoon

Reduced-sodium black beans 15 ounces

Reduced-sodium dark red kidney beans 16 ounces

Low-sodium chili seasoning mix 1 packet

  1. Heat a large pan on stove at medium heat.
  2. Add olive oil and let that heat up.
  3. Add lean ground turkey and brown on both sides, being careful not to overcook.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and incorporate everything together, stirring occasionally.
  5. Turn up the heat and bring chili to a boil.
  6. Cover chili, lower heat, and simmer for another 30-35 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 serving
Recipe yields: 10 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 231
Total Fat 7 g
Total Carbs 25 g
Protein 18 g

Finally, here's the full video for all the recipes. Enjoy!

Watch the video - 13:33